Jimmy Vivino and the Black Italians are scheduled to perform on “Conan” January 28. The guitarist, who serves as music director on the late-night talk show hosted by Conan O’Brien, will guide the group through a performance of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm.” The song appears on the band’s album, 13 Live, which was released on Blind Pig Records.
The Black Italians were formed 20 years ago around a residency at the Downtime Music Bar, New York City, where it attracted local and national touring musicians who would join impromptu jams. Vivino jokingly dubbed the communal group of musicians of various ethnicities The Black Italians, which he says was really “about being soulful cats.” The band re-formed last year to record 13 Live at Levon Helm’s barn studio in Woodstock New York. Vivino and his guitars (and amps) were featured in the July ’13 issue of Vintage Guitar.